To ice or not to ice?

RICE….not just an accompaniment to your Saturday night curry, but the well-known acronym for treating acute injuries (R-rest, I-ice, C-compression, E-elevation).  The “ice” element of this approach has come under a lot of scrutiny in recent times.  What used to be the “gold standard” for treatment of sprains, strains etc., has taken a bit of a Continue reading »

How Alice took action to deal with her neck and shoulder pain

Alice had had aching and tension in her upper back, neck and shoulder for quite some time.  It wasn’t severe pain, but it was persistent – almost always with her.  She put up with it, thinking it would eventually sort out on its own, but really she began to forget what it was like to be without Continue reading »

Love Your Chair

If you work in at a desk, it’s really worth getting to know your chair.  Most good office chairs have plenty of adjustment options, but many of us never bother to use them fully.  The era of “hot-desking” hasn’t helped that situation.  Sitting in a badly-fitting chair for a few hours may make you feel Continue reading »

Wallet Syndrome – or Why Being Rich May Be Harmful to your Health

Ok, so wealth in itself may not be detrimental, but it depends how you carry all that wealth!  If it’s stashed in a wallet, along with some credit cards, a driver’s license, a few receipts…and you stow the whole thing in your back pocket, you could be in for a few problems. What’s Wallet Syndrome? Continue reading »

Enjoy your retirement

Did you know that the three main reasons for early retirement due to ill-health are chronic pain, arthritis and mental illness? (1) These issues are poorly-resourced within the Health Service, and can have a big impact on the quality of your retirement. Pain can lead to avoidance of physical activity, and this often means social Continue reading »

Taking painkillers? Please read this.

Commonly used painkillers carry a significant risk of cardiac arrest, a long-term Danish study has shown. The study looked at ibuprofen, a widely-used anti-inflammatory medication, and found a 30% increased risk of heart attack. This translates to three avoidable heart attacks, and one fatal one, for every thousand users. Ibuprofen, a “non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug” or Continue reading »

Gardening Tips

If you’re planning to do some gardening over the Bank Holiday weekend, here’s a few ideas to keep you limber and on tip-top form! Back-Friendly Gardening Most gardening-related problems result from too long spent bent double.  Try these ideas instead: Use long-handled tools, and get them to do the reaching for you. Try a garden kneeler – Continue reading »